King William County, Virginia
Genealogy and Facts

King William County was founded on September 12, 1701 from King and Queen County . This county was named for William III of England.

The King William County Seat is located in King William also, the county government website is www.kingwilliamcounty.us/ .

Areas bordering to King William County are Caroline County (northwest), King and Queen County (northeast), New Kent County (south), Hanover County (southwest).

Cities and towns located in King William County include West Point and King William.

King William County vital records can be found at the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Office of Vital Records which has Birth and Death Records since June 14, 1912 and copies of Marriage and Divorce Records since 1918 to present. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Virginia for current fees and application process.

You can search online for King William County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for copies of King William Co. Virginia Birth, Marriage, Divorce, Death Certificate Applications to mail.

King William County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1790 (destroyed), 1800 (destroyed), 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

King William Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. King William Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. King William Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. The Slave Schedules exist for 1850 & 1860. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

King William County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of King William County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

King William County Courthouse and Government Records


KingWilliam County Courthouse

Genealogist frequently forget the value of King William County court, probate, and land documents as a resource of genealogy and family history information. Hidden away in Virginia courthouses and archives everywhere are often the aspirations and worries of countless Virginia residents.

The possibilities are great that your ancestors and forefathers have left a detailed record of at least a few elements of their lives in the King William County court records. Even if your forebears is not mentioned in a Court case, give some thought to all of the other methods that could have lead to him or her appearing in court records.

The King William County courthouse, erected early in the second quarter of the 18th century, is one of the older courthouses still in use in the United States. This T-shaped building was constructed of brick laid in Flemish bond, with an arcade imitating the first capital in Williamsburg. One of the best preserved of Virginia's colonial courthouse buildings, it features fine Georgian brickwork. About 1840 the courthouse was enlarged with a unique stile and a brick wall was erected to enclose the court green. Its rural historic setting is a rare survival.

The following indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in King William county.  The dates indicated below are the first known records for each county. All county court records prior to 1885 (except for seventeen will books) were destroyed in a fire in that year.

Please make sure to get in touch with the clerk's department to determine hours, mailing address, fees and other particulars in advance of visiting or requesting information because of many times changing contact information. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The files are readily available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. The majority of staff will guide individuals in obtaining the materials, however it's up to the individual to perform the research.
  • King William County Clerk of Circuit Court serves as custodian of all county court records, and is responsible for providing access to those court records by court personnel, the legal community and the public.
    • Address: 351 Courthouse Lane, P. O. Box 216, King William, VA 23086-0216
    • Phone: (804) 769-4936
    • Marriage Records: 1786 
    • Land Records: 1701
    • Court Records: 1701
    • Probate Records: 1701
  • King William County (VA) Treasurer
  • King William County Commissioner of the Revenue
  • King William County Health Department, 172 Courthouse Lane, P.O. Box 155, King William Courthouse, VA 23086; 804-769-4988, 804-843-3422
  • County and City Research in Virginia Guides and Indexes (lva.virginia.gov) County and city records document the daily activities of the courts in Virginia's counties, independent cities, and towns. The Library of Virginia houses both original and microfilm records for many of Virginia's counties and independent cities. The guides list will help researchers navigate the complex variety of county and city records in the Library's collections. It includes County and City Records at the Library of Virginia, Using County and City Court Records, Chancery Cases, Judgments, Lost Records Localities database and Burned Jurisdiction database.

King William County Links

The following are web links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources related to King William County. A lot of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some call for a fee. This is just a listing which has been compiled or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another. Feel free to provide your own favorite King William County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

King William Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

King William Co. VA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

King William Co. VA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

King William Co. VA Census Records

King William Co. VA Cemeteries & Graveyards

King William Co. VA Church & Bible Records

King William Co. VA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

King William Co. VA General and History Websites

King William Co. VA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

King William Co. VA Military Records

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